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Sunday, December 15, 2019

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15 biggest standouts of NFL Week 3

Tom Brady

It was a big day for star performers across the NFL, with several quarterbacks and wide receivers in particular putting up very big days. We also witnessed a rookie nailing a game-winning 61-yard field goal and a few big defensive performances, even in losing efforts.

Here’s a list of 15 standout performers in Week 3 of the NFL season.

Atlanta’s running backs

In a contest where quarterback Matt Ryan threw three interceptions in one game for the first time in two years, it was the Atlanta running game that stepped up and drove the offense forward. The Falcons picked up 151 rushing yards as a team, with Devonta Freeman contributing 106 of them, plus a touchdown. Tevin Coleman was no slouch either, racking up 46 yards on just six carries, good for an average of 7.7 yards per carry. Their contributions opened up the passing game and allowed Ryan to get the job done despite his three picks.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

OBJ is back, and so is the drama — but when he’s playing like this, the Giants will be happy to tolerate it. The Giants’ star receiver reeled in nine catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns, including an excellent one-handed grab in the back corner of the end zone for his second touchdown catch. He also had a rather controversial celebration on his first grab. He deservedly got flagged, but New York will deal with the consequences if he’s putting up stat lines like this one.

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Patriots acquire Brandin Cooks in trade with Saints

Brandin Cooks

The New England Patriots pulled the trigger on a deal for Brandin Cooks.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports that the Pats traded their first-round pick and third-round pick in this year’s draft to the New Orleans Saints for Cooks and a 4th-round pick.

There had been talk all week that the Pats were looking to acquire Cooks in a trade.

Bill Belichick has long coveted Cooks and raved about the speedster’s skills, so it’s no surprise that the Patriots went after him.

Cooks was a first-round pick by the Saints in 2014 and is under team control through 2018. He is a major deep threat and has had consecutive seasons with over 1,100 receiving yards, as well as 17 TDs the past two years. The best part is the Pats are getting Cooks without even giving up Malcolm Butler, which is something they reportedly were considering.

Tom Brady has to be thrilled about this addition.

Report: Patriots considering trading Malcolm Butler for Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

The New England Patriots are reportedly considering the possibility of trading star cornerback Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

Shortly after the Patriots made a surprising splash early in free agency by agreeing to a deal with cornerback Stephon Gilmore, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that Butler could be on the move.

There is a growing belief that the Patriots’ decision to sign Gilmore could mean the end is near for Butler in New England, but this would be a surprising move. Butler is a restricted free agent, and any team that signed him would have to give the Patriots a first-round draft pick as compensation. If he plays under the restricted free agent tender in 2017, Butler would make just under $4 million.

The Patriots always seem to make it work with whatever wide receivers they have, so you would think Bill Belichick would value having both Butler and Gilmore — even if for just one season — over bolstering the team’s receiving corps.

A previous report claimed the Saints turned down an offer from the Patriots that would have sent a first-round pick (No. 32 overall) to New Orleans for Cooks. It’s unclear if the Saints would want that pick in addition to Butler, but that seems like it would be a lot to give up for New England.

Cooks is said to be unhappy with his role in Sean Payton’s offense, and some awkward activity on social media recently made it seem like his days in New Orleans are numbered.

Michael Thomas denies taking Twitter shot at teammate Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks was reportedly unhappy with his role in the New Orleans Saints’ offense last year, and the belief is that his frustration had a lot to do with the emergence of Michael Thomas. The two teammates do not seem close with one another, either, which probably doesn’t help.

As rumors continue to swirl about possible trades involving Cooks, Thomas created a stir by sending the following tweet on Sunday:

For obvious reasons, most people assumed the comment was directed toward Cooks. You could even argue that Cooks interpreted it that way, as he tweeted and deleted a head-scratcher of his own not long after Thomas sent his tweet.

Of course, Thomas later issued a denial and claimed he was simply reciting a lyric from a song.

If Thomas was quoting a song, it wasn’t a popular one. We did a quick search for the supposed lyric and couldn’t find anything.

Cooks actually racked up slightly more receiving yards last season with 1,173 compared to the rookie’s 1,137. Thomas’ nine touchdowns were one more than Cooks’ total, but Cooks had 78 receptions compared to Thomas’ 92.

While Drew Brees loves spreading the ball around, Cooks seems to think Thomas has emerged as the veteran quarterback’s favorite target. Unless the Saints come down on their asking price for Cooks, the two star receivers might have to find a way to get along.

Report: Patriots offered first-round pick for Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

Bill Belichick has long sung the praises of Brandin Cooks, and apparently that wasn’t him blowing smoke.

NOLA.com’s Josh Katzenstein reports that the New England Patriots offered the New Orleans Saints a first-round pick in a trade attempt for Cooks. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says in response that the Pats’ proposal involved a swap of picks.

The Saints are listening to trade offers for Cooks, but Katzenstein says the team is seeking a mid-first round pick in return.

The Titans and Eagles have been mentioned as potential landing spots for Cooks in a trade. Cooks’ agents also represent Marcus Mariota and Carson Wentz, who are the quarterbacks of the two aforementioned teams.

Cooks was the No. 20 overall pick by the Saints in 2014. He has caught 17 touchdown passes in the past two seasons and posted over 1,100 receiving yards in both years.

Cooks was frustrated with his role in New Orleans’ offense at times last season, but the Saints intend to keep him if no team meets their asking price.

The Patriots meanwhile appear to be attempting to improve their receivers group. They reportedly want Danny Amendola to take a pay cut, and they could lose Martellus Bennett in free agency. That helps explain their interest in Cooks. They also have been linked to Brandon Marshall.

Report: Eagles are ‘likely landing spot’ for Brandin Cooks

The New Orleans Saints are said to be exploring the possibility of trading wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and the Philadelphia Eagles could be the front-runner to land the former first-round pick.

A report from Thursday claimed the Saints have had discussions about Cooks with the Eagles and Tennessee Titans. According to Alex Marvez of Sporting News, the former is a “likely” destination.

Cooks was the No. 20 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but Marvez doesn’t think it would cost the Eagles or any other team a first-round pick to acquire him.

Cooks has eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in each of his past two seasons in New Orleans, but he was essentially surpassed on the depth chart by rookie Michael Thomas, who led the team with 92 receptions and nine receiving touchdowns in 2016. Still, Cooks had eight touchdowns and his 1,173 yards were slightly more than Thomas’ 1,137.

Despite the success Cooks has enjoyed, there have been rumblings that he is unhappy with his role in Sean Payton’s offense. The Eagles are in desperate need of receivers, and one player has reportedly made Philly an attractive destination for free agents. We doubt Cooks would be upset if the Saints sent him to the Eagles.

Saints reportedly discussing potential trades for Brandin Cooks

The New Orleans Saints are reportedly considering the possibility of trading star wide receiver Brandin Cooks this offseason.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans are two teams that could have interest if the Saints decide to move Cooks.

While Cooks is just 23 and was a first-round pick in 2014, it is not exactly a surprise that the Saints are gauging the market for him. Cooks put together back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons in 2015 and 2016, but there were rumblings that he was frustrated with his role in Sean Payton’s offense last season.

Payton recently said he “absolutely” expects Cooks back with the team next season, but New Orleans already has a No. 1 receiver in Michael Thomas, who caught 92 passes for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns in an impressive rookie season last year. Perhaps cooks knows he is not going to be Drew Brees’ favorite option going forward and wants to play elsewhere.